Project declutter & this week in my garden

Hello there! I can’t believe it has been a little over a week since I last posted! Sorry it has been so quiet here lately. I have missed blogging so much!

So what have I been up to? I’m a little embarrassed to tell you this, but I actually have been busy decluttering and cleaning my house. Seriously, it was time! Things had gotten so out of control that I just couldn’t stand it anymore!

Since I started my blog almost five months ago, all of the tasks associated with blogging (creating a project, shopping for supplies, taking photos, finishing a project, writing a blog post, sharing a project etc.) have been taking up a lot of my free time. I already knew that having a blog would be a lot of work. It is not like I went into things blindly. In reality, it’s hard to know just how much time blogging really takes until you really get into the thick of things! I am not complaining mind you. Even with all of the work involved, I have no plans of stopping. I really love doing what I do! Besides, if I hadn’t started my blog, I wouldn’t have anyone to share my projects with and I wouldn’t have met so many wonderful people who visit me here on my blog or on my Facebook page. Kudos to each and every one of you!

Anyway, I digress. Back to my messy house! Because I have added these extra things to my to-do list, I have been finding it difficult to keep up with everything. Also, more things have been coming into the house than have been leaving, so the clutter is starting to pile up.

Lately, even my family has started to take notice that our house is becoming cluttered and disorganized. My sweet husband usually ignores my half-finished projects on the dining room table or on the family room floor, but in the last couple of weeks he has been complaining. This is not his style at all! He has been saying things like, “Carrie, when are you going to move the “&%$%#@” off of the chair already? or “Carrie, what is all this stuff all over the floor?” Of course, I reply, “Sorry honey, I plan to move it right after I finish xyz, I promise!” Of course I get sidetracked and it doesn’t get cleaned up which makes my husband frustrated to no end!

So what’s a girl to do? She (namely me), is to put aside her projects for the time being and clean up to make her husband and kids happy and restore order in the world once again.


To face my messy little problem head on, I have now implemented “Project Declutter”.



Project Declutter


The Plan:

  1. Work on decluttering one room at a time
  2. Sort items into Keep, Toss, Sell, and Giveaway piles
  3. Immediately remove items from the home that are in the Toss and Giveaway piles
  4. Plan a garage sale or sell items on Kijiji for the items in the Sell pile
  5. Find a home for the items that are keepers
  6. Make a list of unfinished projects around the house and work on getting them done
  7. Enlist the help of my family to maintain an clean and organized home
  8. (This one’s for me) Work on only one project at a time and keep the main family areas project-free


Have I missed anything, do you think?


What have I accomplished so far? Well, I have managed to re-organize the majority of my craft supplies and my kids and I went through their rooms and purged a bunch of things that they had outgrown or hadn’t played with in a while. I am happy to say that today I loaded up 6 full garbage bags of junk into my car, which I promptly dropped off at Goodwill. I think it’s a good start and it feels so great to get rid of the clutter. I can feel the stress lifting from my shoulders as we speak!

If you run a busy household like I do, perhaps have a full time job as I do, have a blog and have kids, or even if you don’t do all of these things; how do you manage to stay organized? How do you also keep your house clean and manage your blog successfully all at the same time? Do you have any tips for a “newbie” blogger like me?

OK, maybe you don’t have a blog but your are super organized person; do you have any organizational tips that you can share with me?


Thanks for listening to me vent a little guys. I really appreciate it!


Just so you know, I may be a little busy in the next while working on Project Declutter so you may see slightly less of me than usual around here. I promise you that I plan to get this done asap! Please don’t think I am ignoring you if I don’t respond to your comments right away! I do read each comment I receive but it just might take me a little longer than normal to respond. As for the things I already have on the go, I have many more projects to share with you as soon as I can find a little time to work on them. I also have a few pieces of furniture that are close to being finished. Gotta get er’ done!


Wish me luck!


I thought I would leave you with some photos taken in my garden this week. Flowers always make me smile. I hope you enjoy them too.




Sarah Bernhardt Peonies



Sarah Bernhardt Peonies



Flower: Coppertina Ninebark shrub



White Asters


Until next time,






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  1. Audrey Zumwalt

    hi Carrie … your flowers are just beautiful. Your Blog on clutter really hit home with me. I have the same situation here. Just try to do too many things at one time and never finish them. Will take your advice and I hope to do better. Good luck with your Project Declutter.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

    1. Carrie

      Audrey! How are you doing? Nice to see you again! It makes me feel better to know that I am not the only to have too much stuff on the go. If you could see my basement and all of the half-finished things down there! Yikes! I always have good intentions to finish them. From now on I am making it a rule that I must finish a project in its entirety.
      I hope you have a great weekend.
      Take care,


  2. Denise

    Hi Carrie. You are an inspiration! I started a “de-clutter” last month and like you, I work full time, have kids, a couple of dogs, and loads of unfinished projects. I don’t really garden though, but after seeing your gorgeous flowers, I might give it a try next year.

    After I read your blog I couldn’t wait to go so I could go drop off stuff at Goodwill so I could go inside this time to look for books and furniture to refinish so I could try out some of your projects. I didn’t score any furniture but I did find similar books. I prepared them with the gesso and bought some of the other supplies before I headed out on vacation. Guess what is next to my hotel?? A Hobby Lobby! We don’t have those where I live, so after wandering around a bit I found a fleur de lis stencil! :) Yeay! All the stars are in alignment. :) Will this be a project I will actually finish?? LOL I sure hope so. :)

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your projects. Best of luck to you!

    1. Carrie

      Hi Denise,
      You sound just as busy as I am. We sound so much alike too! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving me a comment. I wish you the best of luck on your book transformation. It does sound like it was meant to be because you were able to find all that you needed to make it work. If you end up having any questions part way through, please let me know. I know sometimes when I am working on a project I have questions and that is why my project stalls and then it just sits there and sits there. If you get in the same position, I can totally help you to get past that spot and get it finished. You will be so happy when it is done as these books were a lot of fun to make and easier than they look to do.
      Have a great day!

  3. Leanne

    Wow, do I need YOUR help! *lol My studio is so upside down right now… too busy to sort it but now I am inspired to find the time.

    Carrie, I have nominated you for The Liebster Award. Details at http://appleboxboutique.blogspot.ca/2012/07/project-personality-liebster-award.html

    Have a fabulous day!

    1. Carrie

      Thanks so much Leanne for the Liebster Award blog nomination! I am honored!
      As for your studio being messy, you are always busy with your shop so it is expected! I am almost done decluttering the upstairs now except in the last couple days I haven’t gotten too much done because of this heat! I only want to hibernate to the basement.

      Take care,

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